<p>This is a place I should've joined ages ago, when I first began searching. Not now. </p>
<p>I'm in a bit of a situation. I applied ED to Champlain College, under the impression that I was poor enough and early enough to the applicant pool to receive decent financial aid grants and such. I was wrong. I did not qualify. At all. I got $2000 as a creative scholarship, which doesn't do anything since I've got about $42k of loans, both subsidized and unsubsidized, per year. The massive amounts of debt are not worth it, no matter how much I liked the school. </p>
<p>Stupidly, I didn't apply anywhere else. I could go on forever about how much I regret that. But it doesn't serve a purpose. I need to focus on what can be done. </p>
<p>My options are obviously very limited at this point. Here are the technical bits: </p>
<p>-I live in NYC.
-I attend an early college and have a college GPA of about 3.3, 3.4.
-Will have 60 Credits by the time I graduate.
-I'm interested in Game Art or Animation. Not programming or design. I do not want a degree in studio art, that doesn't pay much.
-The family EFC is $16k. (So we're at the awkward midpoint where no one will give us money, but we can't really afford much)
-I cannot go farther past the east coast, by decree of parental units. Would prefer to leave the city, though.
-My portfolio is average at best. (I've seen other applicants my age... I've got potential, but that's about it)
-I'm a strong writer, weak at math and science.
-SAT 1980 (R 660, M 590, W 730), ACT 28
-I have a hard time in larger schools and prefer smaller ones, though I'm willing to put up with it if a lot of students won't interfere with the studies (I'm pretty focused).
-Strong academic, but not necessarily interested in writing more essays for the next 4 years. I would prefer more professionally oriented programs. </p>
<p>At this point, Bard College is willing to take my application (I'm almost done with it) and I've got good chances of getting accepted, but all they have that would marginally interest me is a film studies course. </p>
<p>Emerson is closed off. I called today. Hampshire is a question-mark, but I may be able to get an app in there, too. </p>
<p>I sent in an application to SUNY FIT. </p>
<p>I'm considering Full Sail University in Florida. </p>
<p>I would consider SCAD and Pratt (RISD is full, I believe), but I know they're very expensive and I wouldn't get much money this late. </p>
<p>Is there anywhere else where I'd have a good shot? I would prefer not to take a gap year, I would rather transfer if necessary.</p>